The TRNC Economy and Energy Minister Hasan Taçoy said that the Greek Cypriot side’s unilateral activities in the Eastern Mediterranean will not be left unanswered.
Speaking at the 35th Ministerial Session of the COMCEC (Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation) on Wednesday, Taçoy said it will not be possible to execute any project in the Eastern Mediterranean by disregarding Turkey and the TRNC.
“We are taking important steps towards protecting Turkey’s and the Turkish Cypriots’ rights regarding the hydrocarbons in the region,” Taçoy said.
He also pointed out that a natural gas pipeline and electricity cable connecting Turkey and the TRNC was inevitable.
Touching on the outcome of the trilateral meeting in Berlin, Taçoy said the Greek Cypriot side’s only goal was to create a Cyprus without Turkey.
He noted that the Greek Cypriot leader Nicos Anastasiades in his statement following the meeting, laid out his preconditions for the resumption of the talks, stating that Turkey must cease its hydrocarbon activities in the Eastern Mediterranean and abandon the initiative to open the fenced-off city of Maraş.
“There is not a single Turkish Cypriot who will accept his demands,” Taçoy stressed.
“You will be made to pay a heavy price even for dreaming of a Cyprus without Turkey,” Taçoy warned and concluded his remarks by saying, “We do not even have an issue called the Cyprus problem. We have the TRNC reality.”